The Southern Command investiture ceremony was conducted at the iconic Gateway of India, Mumbai on 20 February 2020. Lieutenant General CP Mohanty, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command presented gallantry and distinguished awards to 51 Army persons and 22 units of Southern Command for their outstanding contribution in various fields.
A total of two Army personnel and two units presently serving / located in and around Gujarat were felicitated during the ceremony. Major General Mohan Jeet Singh Syali and Colonel Tapan Jyotindra Vaishnav (Retired) were felicitated in the ceremony. 116 Medium Regiment and 11 Infantry Division Signal Regiment received GOC-in-C Southern Command Unit Citation.
While addressing the audience on this occasion, the Army Commander congratulated the awardees and recipients of unit citations and exhorted all ranks to emulate the awardees and give their best to make the nation proud of its Army.
Recognition of such acts of selfless service motivates the rank and file in the Army to draw inspiration and re-dedicate themselves to uphold the honour and dignity of our great nation in the best traditions of the Indian Army, the Army Commander said. He further highlighted the importance of jointness with other services and civil agencies in 11 States and four UTs of Southern Command while remaining operationally geared up to face all security challenges and fulfill its assigned mandate at all times.